Wednesday, 25 November 2009


"The building itself should stir emotion in even the most casual visitor."

"The building was always intended to be confusing and somewhat threatening."

What is experience? and how does this have an impact on our personalities and emotions?

Interior spaces have a massive effect on ourselves as viewers and experiencers. I am currently thinking about the idea of how a space can impact our emotions and therefore our personality. This can be a momentary change or one that will impact us for life. A building that i have looked into in the Jewish Musuem by Daniel Libeskind. This has been created in a simple form, but one with a huge impact through the making of this building. It has been designed to cause the viewer to experience something of the history of Berlin. The use of light is incredably powerful and will leave the viewer with many memories. This is something that i am interested in, and intend to investigate further in my research. How a space or environment can impact our personalities and emotions for a moment or for life.

Libeskind has been called the “master of empty space”

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Bibliography of articles and journals related to The Power of Context. Looking into how the environment and our surroundings have an impact on our personalities and how we react to this.

Bottrell. D, 2009, ‘Dealing with disadvantage: Resilience and the social capital of young people's networks’
This article analyzes how peer and extended networks provide young people with support and resources for dealing with disadvantage. Specific contexts of school and community, the interrelations of social and cultural capital suggest the significance of recognition as a mechanism for differentiation of young people and for effecting marginalization and privilege

Coutts, Glen. & Jokela, Timo, 2008, ‘Art, community and environment : educational perspectives / edited by Glen Coutts and Timo Jokela.’
How art and design can have an effect on the environment and therefore on people and their personalities.

Depue, RA, 2009, ‘Genetic, environmental, and epigenetic factors in the development of personality disturbance’, Development and Psychopathology 21 (4): 1031-1063 Sp. Iss. SI Nov 2009
Investigation of how personality disturbance is presented and defined. This also looks into how our environment can impact a personality and change it for the better or worse, depending on the circumstances.

J. Krivo, L & D.Peterson, R 1996, ‘Disadvantaged neighbourhoods and urban crime’, Social Forces, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 619-648.
Talks about areas of poor poverty and the high levels of crime .Useful for highlighting that some areas are worse hit than others for crime.

Krizan, Zlatan & Suls, Jerry, 2009, ‘Implicit self-esteem in the context of trait models of personality.’ , Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 46, no. 5-6, pp. 659-663, Apr 2009
Discussion centers on the problems and promises of implicit measures as indicators of individual differences in self-esteem and their relation to personality

Leventhal, T & Brooks-Gunn, J 2003, ‘Children and youth neighbourhood context’, American Psychological Society, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 27-31.
Discusses the neighbourhoods in which we are raised and their effects on personality. This in turn could affect how we respond to design.

Melissa J. Marschall, 2004, ‘Race and the City: Neighborhood Context and the Development of Generalized Trust’ , Political Behavior, Vol. 26, No. 2 pp. 125-153
This looks into how context, social interaction, and interracial experiences combine to shape a person and their attitutes. It also reviews how neighbourhoods and interaction impact our development.

Parks, Laura & Guay, Russell P, 2009, ‘Personality, values, and motivation’, Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 47, no. 7, pp. 675-684, Nov 2009
This is a review the constructs of personality and values, clarifying how they are related and how they are distinct. There is an understanding to motivation with how personality and values have different influences on different motivational processes.

Schittich, Christian, 2002, 'In detail : interior spaces: space, light, materials'

design websites of interest

keeping up with the world

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

whats in your top drawer?

For our new designinmaking project we have to design and make a piece of furniture. This is a group project with others in our year. Our group has decided to base our idea on how we use our furniture to express our personalities. Take a bookshelf for example - what do we display on this? just books? or a variety of "special" objects that mean something to us? My bookcase for example has photos, jewelry, a bottle of champagne from my 18th Birthday, my CD player and then some books. Another question is are the books we use the bookshelf for ones that we read? or ones that we want people to think we read? Do we use this to try and give off an impression? itellectual books or classy cheesy novels?! whats on yours?
This then lead us to think about what we hide using our furniture? Everyone has a drawer that little bits and bobs go into - its usually a very messy drawer with very random objects - but we also know excatly where to find it when we are looking for it - whatever "it" might be? batteries, wires, camera cables, fuses, menus, pens...?? i could go on forever!
so what id like to know is what is in your top drawer?
how do you use your furniture to express yourself and your personality?

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

juteopolis : final

Our first project of second year was a group project based on Juteopolis. We had to design an exhibition. We based our idea on the past, present and future of Dundee due to the jute undustary. We looked at maps of the past, taking into consideration that we are the present - living in a moment in time, and the future is unknown.
These are our final presentation boards: